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Two way street

Two way street Shire of Dowerin Works Manager, Glen Brigg, and CEO Rebecca McCall, with Senior Officer Dowerin Workcamp, Matt Lynn, take pride in the success of the integration program which has benefits for workers and community.

A Western Australian wheatbelt community is ‘grading the roads of integration’ through an innovative community based work program. Read more >

Intercultural city promotes inclusiveness

City of Maribyrnong, Victoria, has signed a statement of intent to become a member of the Intercultural Cities Programme. Following the official signing, a ceremonial signing was held on Wednesday 24 October at a Children’s Week event with local families in Braybrook.

Mayor, Cuc Lam, along with Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stephen Wall, hosted a bilingual storytime session in English and Vietnamese, explaining the importance of cultural diversity in the City, and Council’s commitment to promoting inclusivity.

The Mayor said that becoming an Intercultural City demonstrates Council’s commitment to being a community where everyone feels welcome.

“People from all around the world now call Maribyrnong home, and we want to make sure that everyone feels a sense of belonging and is given the opportunity to thrive.

“We are proud of our diversity, and we want to continue to foster and promote interculturalism.”

The Intercultural Cities Programme is an initiative that supports cities internationally to review their policies through an intercultural lens and develop comprehensive intercultural strategies to enable them to manage diversity positively and realise their diversity advantage.

The programme helps cities to empower all members of their community, regardless of where they are from, and to promote interaction between people of different backgrounds.

Building on a commitment to a strong and resilient community that celebrates its diversity, Council will work across the organisation and community to create an Intercultural Strategy that builds and promotes intercultural learning, dialogue and relationships.

Councils join to prepare for Summer

Councils join to prepare for Summer Emergency services teams will be on hand to get the community ready.

Four neighbouring Victorian councils have joined forces in a bid to highlight the importance of community safety. Read more >

Not all micro irrigation fittings are created equal*

There is nothing worse than seeing a drip irrigation system, which is an efficient way of watering, with a blown off fitting, wasting water.

Ratepayers in particular, hate seeing this water wastage in public spaces.

The folks at Antelco have thought about this and have developed a range called DB (Double Barb) fittings.

They have been engineered to suit standard low-density polyethylene (LDPE) sizes (13mm, 19mm and 25mm) and the driplines that are on the market.

TIP: Care needs to be taken when selecting the dripline fittings as the sizing is stated in outside diameter not inside diameter as standard LDPE e.g. 16mm OD Dripline with a Wall thickness of 1.0mm requires a 14mm DB Fitting.

The Double Barb provides a high retention rate for the poly pipe to the fitting.

The fittings are constructed of high-quality acetal plastic ensuring rigidity and sharp barbs.

For those who want to minimize the blowout risk even further, install an Antelco Ratchet or “Cobra” style clamp.

When it comes to poly fittings not all are created equal, insist on using DB fittings for your micro irrigation systems.

*Copy supplied by Antelco

Drought Communities Program Workshop at Roads Congress

There are now 81 councils eligible to receive funding under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program (DCP), including 40 councils in New South Wales, 22 in Queensland, 2 in Victoria and 17 in South Australia.

The program provides grants of up to $1 million for drought-affected councils to spend on locally identified projects aimed at stimulating the local economy and maintaining jobs.

There is a real desire by the Commonwealth to see DCP funds spent immediately but discussions with eligible councils have highlighted concerns around the tight time frames for spending the funds (by 30 June 2019), especially in light of councils’ needs to comply with established procurement and tender processes, the importance of consulting with communities on projects and an overwhelming desire by councils to spend the money wisely and with maximum impact for local employment.

This is clearly a challenging brief for many councils, and a genuine opportunity at the same time.

I believe there is value in DCP councils sharing their experiences in how to deal with the rapid procurement and administrative challenges, to discuss their ideas for projects and how to keep the vast majority of expenditure local, if not all of it.

It is an ideal opportunity to learn and leverage off each other.
I have therefore asked that a DCP Workshop be held as part of the upcoming National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Alice Springs.

Almost 20 of the 81 DCP councils are already attending the congress and are eligible to participate.

The ALGA Secretariat will be in touch with the other 61 DCP councils regarding attending the workshop, their experiences relating to the program and the benefits of sharing information and action plans.

The Workshop has been tentatively scheduled for 7:30 am to 9:30 am (including breakfast) on the morning of Thursday 22 November, which will allow attendees time to catch outgoing flights leaving late morning/early afternoon.

Councils interested in attending the congress and the DCP Workshop should contact Jill Brown, ALGA’s Director of National Events, on (02) 6122 9436 or email jill.brown[@]alga.asn.au as soon as practicable.
In the interim, our thoughts and best wishes remain with all drought affected communities and their councils.

The complexities of Local Government - President’s comment

The complexities of  Local Government - President’s comment Councillor Marg Attley, President Victorian Local Governance Association.

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This month

Two way street

A Western Australian wheatbelt community is ‘grading the roads of integration’ through an innovative community based work program. Read more >


Intercultural city promotes inclusiveness

City of Maribyrnong, Victoria, has signed a statement of intent to become a member of the Intercultural Cities Programme. Following the official signing, a ceremonial signing was held on Wednesday 24 October at a Children’s Week event with local families in Braybrook. Read more >


Editorial

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Councils join to prepare for Summer

Four neighbouring Victorian councils have joined forces in a bid to highlight the importance of community safety. Read more >


Not all micro irrigation fittings are created equal*

There is nothing worse than seeing a drip irrigation system, which is an efficient way of watering, with a blown off fitting, wasting water. Read more >


Drought Communities Program Workshop at Roads Congress

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The complexities of Local Government - President’s comment

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Untapped bounty used for drought relief

Ipswich City Council staff are behind a heartfelt initiative that is making a difference to Queensland farming families in need. Read more >


Weekend warriors clean up graffiti

A small, but dedicated team of volunteers gathered over the weekend for Mooree Plains, New South Wales, Graffiti Removal Day, on Sunday 21 October 2018. Read more >


Events help senior community prosper

Town of Claremont, Western Australia, with over 35 percent of the community aged over 55, has an annual program of events for seniors to aid active ageing, mental wellbeing and social interaction. Read more >


CouncilWise – ‘Now that’s different’*

A Tasmanian Council has developed a fully cloud based total software solution for local government and is now directly competing against other software suppliers. Read more >


Pillowcase project

An educational program designed to better prepare Queensland’s Hinchinbrook primary school students for natural disasters began with St Peters Catholic School, Halifax, the first school to participate in the Pillowcase Project. Read more >


Solar battery makes good sense

A 35kw solar system was recently installed by Bathurst Regional Council, New South Wales, at the Visitor Information Centre (BVIC) and is the first Council facility to have a solar system which includes a battery storage system. Read more >


Time to revisit your orphan projects - The Good Oil by Rod Brown

The Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Building Better Regions Fund don’t add up to a hill of beans in the context of regional Australia’s needs. Read more >


Export meatworks one step closer

Maranoa Regional Council, Queensland is seeking a proposal and quotation to update the Maranoa Meat Processing Facility pre-feasibility report. Read more >


Hawkesbury Watch quality monitor

Hornsby Shire Council’s Hawkesbury Watch is a unique program using remote monitoring buoys to collect real-time information on water conditions in the Hawkesbury River. Read more >


Bright future for local youth

Swan Hill Rural City Council was announced as one of five councils across Victoria to share in $2.5 million funding from the State Government’s Youth Empower Program. Read more >


Mobile technology aids safety

Enhanced community safety is just one benefit of the successful roll-out of 24/7 mobile technology for CoSafe officers, the mobile patrol security service instituted by City of Cockburn, Western Australia (WA). Read more >


Councillor profiles - Mayor Lyn Brewer Whyalla City Council

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Councillor profiles - Mayor Dean Johnson District Council of Kimba

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Storytime turns twenty

Coffs Harbour City Council Libraries’ Storytime celebrated its 20th birthday last month with special birthday stories and, of course there was cake. Read more >


Gender equity framework informs all business

City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, has released the Ba-gurrk Gender Equity Framework to inform the development of an action plan which will ensure all of the City’s policies, plans, services and programs commit to gender equity principles. Read more >


Tickled pink

The Penrith City Council, New South Wales, showed its support for Pink Up Penrith during the month of October. Read more >


Glossy Black-Cockatoo Birding Day

Noosa Council, Queensland, put out an all points bulletin in October, calling for eagle-eyed residents to join Glossy Black-Cockatoo Birding Day. Read more >


High Achievers - Jo Sangster Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Daly Regional Council

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The women of Central Desert Regional Council

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Road to savings

Liverpool City Council, New South Wales, will save more than $800,000 by building a major new road with recycled road materials. Read more >


Conference supports women

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Victorian branch conference was hosted last month by Maroondah City Council in Melbourne’s outer east. Read more >


Tackling alcohol and drug issues locally

Burnie City Council has received funding from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation committed to preventing and minimising the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. Read more >


Long distance neighbours make good friends

The Sire of Murrindindi, Victoria, celebrated the opening of MiRA the new Marysville Information + Regional Artspace, on 12 October, almost ten years after the town was destroyed by fire. Read more >